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A Call for Justice

"The ecumenical campaign 'End the illegal occupation of Palestine: Support a Just Peace in the Middle East' aims to mobilize WCC member churches and ecumenical partners to join their actions together to work for an end to the occupation as a means of addressing the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, helping create a viable Palestinian state, and working for a negotiated, secure and just peace in the Holy Land."

- From the World Council of Churches web site

"Israel, in their judgment, was guilty of wanton and oppressive military occupation. Period. The fact that Israeli teenagers were being blown up at discotheques and that bombs were being deliberately set in crowded restaurants did not enter into the protesters' moral equations. Israeli actions to defend against terror were effectively viewed as morally reprehensible. Palestinian support for the murder of civilians was little more than an incident of Israeli policy....

"At no time during the more than one-and-a-half-hours of presentations did any of the speakers say a word about terrorism. In fact, with the exception of a single statement by the moderator, none of the speakers even recognized that Israel has security concerns. No one noted the repeated acts of terrorism that have killed hundreds of Israeli civilians. The names Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Hezbollah and Tanzim were never mentioned. Nor did anyone mention that just 21 months ago the Israelis had agreed to a Palestinian state and were prepared to make massive concessions to facilitate a final peace agreement."

- Robert Leikind commenting on WCC anti-Israel protests in "Church Council's Moral Duplicity," The Forward, March 14, 2002

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